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'''Hiram King''' "'''Hank'''" '''Williams,''' (; September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century,[ Hank Williams Sputnik Music profile] Retrieved September 8, 2014[ I Saw the Light: Hank Williams' Sixty Years of Influence on American Music | The New School] Retrieved September 8, 2014 Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the ''Billboard'' Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously). Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, Alabama|Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a...
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